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Kiosk Fri., July 6

First Friday and Preview Feast of Lanterns Art Artisana Gallery 309 Forest 5-8 PM Free •

Sat., July 7 and Sun., July 8 2PM Sat. July 7 at 7 PM

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Pirates of Penzance Pacific Grove Middle School Performing Arts Center, 835 Forest Avenue Tickets at the door, starting 45 minutes before show times. General admission seating is $10 and $5 for Seniors and Children 10 years and under. •

Wed., July 11

Benefit screening “Last Holiday” Forest Theater, Carmel Ticket includes includes beverages and a gourmet buffet dinner prepared by the A.I.W.F. board. Details page 5

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Thurs., July 12

Closing reception 4 - 5 PM

Tiny Treasures

Tickets $3/one or $20/seven. Need not be present to win. Pacific Grove Art Center 568 Lighthouse Ave. www.pgartcenter.org 831.375.2208 Hours Wed.-Sat. 12-5 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM. Office and galleries closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Galleries are free to enter. •

Where there’s smoke, there’s chicken

Mon., July 16

Writer’s Workshop 6–7 p.m. at The Works Coffeehouse/ Bookstore (667 Lighthouse Ave., PG). Cost: $10 No pre-registration needed •

July 18

Gentrain Lecture The Coming of the Holocaust Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Form 103 Lectures are free. Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 831-646-4224

Cedar Street Times has moved offices to 306 Grand Ave. Pacific Grove

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Judge finds for Pacific Grove in wrongful death suit By Marge Ann Jameson

Mon., July 16

Water Forum by Water Plus Sally Griffin Center 6:30-8:30 PM Free •

Vol. IV, Issue 42

Volunteers served up 700 meals at the Fourth of July celebration held at Caledonia Park. There were an estimated 3000 people on hand for the free event (well, there WAS a charge for the food) that saw people dancing the afternoon away to the jam band sounds of Moonalice and enjoying dozens of American flags which decorated the park. A reading of the Declaration of Independence was performed by costumed actors. More photos on pages 14-15. Photo vy Bob Pacelli.

Marina Coast puts Monterey County on notice in failed water project The Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) announced last week that it has served a claim for damages against its former Regional Desalination Project partner, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA), and the County of Monterey, based on the actions of certain County officials. The claim is an effort to protect ratepayers and to preserve Marina Coast’s ability to go to court to recoup costs associated with the District’s costly and conscientious efforts to implement the project. In a press release, Jim Heitzman, General Manager of the Marina Coast Water District said, “We did not come to this decision lightly, and it is with great disappointment that we have been forced into this situation based on recent events.” He went on to say, “MCWD has a duty to our ratepayers to preserve our ability to recover costs associated with the Regional Desalination Project. Marina Coast acted in good faith and worked diligently in support of the project, and it is troubling, to say the least, that we may have to go to court to protect Marina ratepayers. The claim we served today is intended to preserve our ability to do just that, if we have to.” The claim puts the county on notice that Marina Coast seeks payment. The next step may well be a suit. Last summer, the County declared that the project agreements were void due to an alleged conflict of interest of County Water Resources Agency Director Stephen Collins, and Cal Am pulled out of the project based on the County’s statements. The collapse of the Regional Water Project left Marina Coast with some $20 million in unpaid expenses. “We feel we have been left with no choice but to file this claim to keep open the option of going to court, if we need to pursue that remedy,” said Heitzman. “Our ratepayers deserve to have their day in court if they need it, and this claim preserves that right.”

All civil claims against the City of Pacific Grove were effectively dismissed when Monterey County Superior Court Judge Kay Kingsley granted the City of Pacific Grove’s motion for summary judgment in the case of Woods vs. the City of Pacific Grove. The family of Joel Daniel Woods filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Pacific Grove arising from his death on September 2, 2008. Joel Woods, 35, was killed in front of the Pacific Grove Middle School when he was struck by a driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs. Woods was picking up his son, a student at the Middle School, and had parked in a loading zone on Forest Ave. when Deborah King, 55 of Monterey, hit him. He was thrown 30 feet and died at the scene. The Woods family contended that the passenger zone constituted a dangerous condition of public property. “While we sympathize strongly with the Woods Family for the loss of Joel Woods,” states Jon Giffen, partner at Kennedy, Archer & Harray “under the circumstances, the Judge effectively found that the accident was not caused by the City’s decision to allow parking in front of the middle school but by a driver who was heavily under the influence of prescription drugs.” After reviewing all the documents and hearing oral argument, Judge Kingsley specifically ruled that the loading zone was not a dangerous condition of public property and awarded summary judgment. The trial had been originally scheduled for September 10. In February of 2011, Deborah King was found guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter in the criminal prosecution for the death of Joel Woods. King tested positive for an extensive list of drugs in her system including marijuana, morphine, Vicodin, Xanax, Ambian, Trazadone, Wellbutrin, and other antidepressants. King was sentenced to 15 years to life in the criminal case. The case continues against the Pacific


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Times • July 6, 2012

The summer trolley is back

MPC Theatre Company presents “Cabaret”

The show play sthrough July 15 at Monterey’s Historic Bruce Ariss Wharf Theatre on Fisherman’s Wharf. Additionally, there will be a preview performance on Thursday June 28 at 7:30p.m. with tickets for this preview performance selling for $12.50 each. Regular performances are Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30p.m. (June 29, 30 July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14) and Sunday at 2:00 PM (July 1, 8, 15) at the Bruce Ariss Wharf Theatre, located on the historic Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey. The MPC Box Office is located at 980 Fremont Street, downtown Monterey. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors; $15 Young Adults (16-21) & Military, and $10 Children 15 & under. Tickets will also be available 24 hours in advance, and are available for $20; Online $18 for Adults & Seniors. Dinner/Theatre packages are available for $36 per person. (Prices do not include, gratuity, drinks, or dessert) and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance. Dinner/Theatre packages include a prix fixe menu at Isabella’s on the Wharf (a Tene Shake signature restaurant) and performance tickets for CABARET. Tickets on sale at the MPC Box Office (646-4213) and online at https:secure3. TicketGuys.com/mpc for more information please contact Sky A. Rappoport, Theatre Manager at the Theatre Arts Department at Monterey Peninsula College, Post Office Box 761, Monterey, CA 93942, by phone at 831-6464213 or by fax at 831-372-1982. Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) is partnering once again with the city of Pacific Grove and the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce to provide Trolley service beginning Saturday, May 26 through September 3, 2012. The service is designed to draw visitors to the city. The MST Trolley – Pacific Grove will operate daily circulating the city departing every 45 minutes from approximately 9:30am to 6:00pm stopping at destinations including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Berwick Park, Lovers Point, Asilomar Conference Center, the Natural History Museum and numerous stops thought the downtown area for shopping and dining. The scenic route will include a tour of the bay along Ocean View Blvd. from Hopkins Marine Station to Asilomar State Beach. Onboard narration provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium provides passengers with information on the city’s history and points of interest. The Victorian-style trolley is designed to capture the look and feel of an authentic turn-of-the-century streetcar. The 27-passenger coach boasts numerous modern features: wheelchair accessibility using vehicle-mounted electric lifts, and “kneeling bus” capabilities to make boarding easier. “Smart Bus” AVL/GPS technology will continuously track location of vehicles via satellite and trigger announcements specific to the location of the trolley, and onboard security cameras will provide added safety for passengers and coach operators. For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1. Follow MST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mst_bus for the latest service alerts.

Four reasons to check out our Summer Activity Guide online 1 2 3 4

We provide fun & safe places to play We can help you conquer summer boredom Camps and activities create lifelong memories Exciting activities help build self-confidence

YOUTH Programs

Adventure Day Camp (grades 1-5) Caledonia Park Playground Program Musical Theatre Camp Preschool (August – May) Reading Club @ the Library Youth Sports (Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Wrestling, and Soccer Camps)

And we’re not just about kids: ADULT Programs

Facility Rentals (Parties, Socials and Wedding Receptions) Golf lessons and Afro-Brazilian Drumming classes Dance Programs & Classes: Brazilian Samba, Free-style, West Coast Swing and Ballroom Scrapbooking / Photo Album Making Jazzercise, Tai Chi & Yoga Softball (Socko) Dog Obedience Classes – (A.F.R.P.) Senior Services (Sally Judd Griffin Center & Meals on Wheels) For more details, give us a call at 648–3100 or Check out our great new online Activity Guide! www.ci.pg.ca.us/recreation/default.htm Pacific Grove Recreation Department 300 Forest Avenue, 93950 (at City Hall) (831) 648 - 3100

Cast members of Cabaret.

Water Plus presents public informational event on water

Water Plus, a public benefit nonprofit organization, presents The Pacific Grove Water Forum - Leadership in Action, Monday, July 16 at the Sally Griffin Center, 700 Jewell Avenue, in Pacific Grove, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The expert panel includes leaders of the Pacific Grove Water Committee. The event is open to the public. For more information, go to www.waterplusmonterey.com, or call, 831-373-8450. The public is invited to learn how and why Pacific Grove is “leading the way to the quickest and most affordable water solution for the ratepayers. Find out exactly what this means to your city, your family, you and your pocketbook. Get the facts,” says a spokesperson for Water Plus. Ask questions at this informational event. Expert panel includes Leaders of the Pacific Grove Water Committee. Open to the public. Seating limited. Light refreshments.

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July 6, 2012 • CEDAR STREET

Fire Dept.’s Weed Abatement/ Fuel Reduction Report

The Fire Department has been conducting weed and fire hazard abatement inspections for the past two weeks. During this period, our Fire Inspectors were able to complete inspection of the entire City of Pacific Grove. Approximately 60 violations were noted, notices were issued to the property owners, and Fire Inspectors are working with the responsible parties to achieve compliance. Initial follow up inspections for these properties should be completed within the next 10 days. Eight properties will probably be referred to the Fire Marshal for further action, due to special circumstances beyond the Fire Inspectors’ expertise. These inspections were made in an effort to minimize the possibility of conditions that allow a wildfire burning in vegetative fuels to readily transmit fire to buildings and threaten to destroy life, overwhelm fire suppression capabilities, or result in large property losses.

Over the 4th of July, the Fire Department‘s Type-III fire engine (a fire engine specifically designed for wildland firefighting) (see left) staffed with three personnel available for vegetation fire response patrolled areas prone to vegetation fires (at no additional cost to Pacific Grove).

ANTIQUES

WANTED • Asian Antiques • Jewelry,

Silver, Coins • Paintings • Clocks & Times Pieces • Furniture, Lighting & Carpets

SOLD $50,000 Chinese Pewter Teapot

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Marge Ann Jameson

Cop log Lost and found and lost and found

A wallet was found belonging to someone from Pixley, CA. Where in the world is Pixley, CA? Another wallet was found on Lighthouse Ave. A pair of prescription glasses was lost on June 23. Often when I can’t find mine, they are on top of my head. A wallet was found on Lighthouse and eventually returned to the owner.

School’s out, deer’s in

A deer was stuck behind the fence at Robert Down School. SPCA sedated it and the fire department cut the wires securing the chain link to the poles and lifted the chain link and removed the deer. How did it get in there if it couldn’t get back out? And wasn’t there a gate?

Dog at large

A repeat offender dog was at large at Junipero and Forest. The dog was captured and a note was put on the owner’s door the come claim it. Later the pet sitter came and paid the fees and claimed the dog.

Multiple collisions by drunk driver

Charlene Marchese collided with several parked vehicles on Carmel Ave. She was arrested for DUI.

Dog at loud

Continuing case of barking dogs on Junipero: The neighbor says he can’t get his kids to go to sleep with the dogs are barking. The owner was contacted and said she’d been out of town and that the pet sitter was supposed to lock the dogs in the house. She was advised to use a kennel service next time.

Maybe the dogs didn’t want to move

A new resident on Laurel was unloading his truck and his dogs were bark bark barking. The neighbors complained. The owner of the dogs said they have anti-bark collars, and he thought the neighbors should be a little more understanding as it was the middle of the day.

Taking stolen property for a ride

Suspect Joshua Flatley was arrested after stolen property was found in his vehicle.

DUI hit and run collision on Lighthouse

The driver suspected in a hit and run, John Favoloro, was arrested on a cite to appear.

Reckless on meds

A report came in of a possible reckless driver. Traci Michele Conlin was arrested for suspicion of DUI meds.

DUI and blank stare

Christopher Stewart was stopped at a stop sign for about a minute with two vehicles behind him. When the officer drove by, he looked up with a blank stare. Later he was contacted drinking a beer outside his vehicle and displayed several signs of intoxication. But he refused tests so he was placed under arrest.

Man of many bicycles

Reporting party said there’s a guy who appears to be riding a different bicycle every day near the boardwalk area at Asilomar. Surfers in the area confirm that the subject is widely known as someone who steals bicycles from vehicles. The subject is a transient on parole with search and seizure terms. We shall see.

Vacuuming to loud music

Neighbors complained that a fellow tenant has been listening to loud music and vacuuming frequently during the day. At night, their child makes a lot of noise. The vacuumer says the reporting party is actually the problem, though other tenants complain, too. The landlord says he doesn’t want to get in the middle of it.

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Alarming

A family room alarm went off. Residence appeared to be secure. The alarm was unregistered.

Grocerylifting

One Natalie Scheuren was stopped by loss prevention employees at Safeway when she attempted to leave the store without paying for a bunch of stuff.

Rocks belong in the garden

A person on Ocean View Blvd. Reported that someone smashed his house window with a rock from his garden. It appeared to be vandalism and no attempt had been made to enter the house.

Driver -1, Pole 0

A driver hit a pole on 17 Mile Drive. The pole was destroyed but the vehicle only sustained moderate damage.

Change due?

Reporting party said his drug dealer owed him some money. He provided the police with her whereabouts and said she was dealing drugs to kids.

Offensive email

Reporting party wanted a restraining order because her ex mother in law sent her an email about weight loss. We don’t repeat reports of sexual violence or domestic violence, mental illness or dementia. We do not report on deaths by natural causes.


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Times • July 6, 2012

Jon Guthrie

High Hats and Parasols Dear Readers: Please bear in mind that historical articles such as “High Hats & Parasols” present our history — good and bad — in the language and terminology used at the time. The writings contained in are quoted from Pacific Grove/Monterey publications from 100 years in the past. Please also note that any items listed for sale in “High Hats” are “done deals,” and while we would all love to see those prices again, people also worked for a dollar a day back then. Thanks for your understanding.

The News … from 1912. Mutt and Jeff at Colonial Theater

Two celebrated characters, Mutt and Jeff, will appear in a motion picture screening tonight at the Colonial Theater. Viewers will enjoy the comedians’ “little” experience with a zany German band. Also, don’t miss seeing The Rustler Sheriff and several other flicker shows. The Rustler Sheriff stands out as a western drama full of excitement, and concludes with one of the most thrilling endings ever put on film. Don’t miss getting a seat!

in fee collections to the city’s treasurer.

And your bill amounts to …

• All seats at this weekend’s showings at the Colonial theater are 15¢. Pop corn and iced juice, 8¢. Shows start at 7:30. Arrive early and sit up front. • M. H. Harlingame, the grocer, is offering big inducements to buyers who purchase from his fine stock of apricots. The price named is two, large cans for 45¢, or $2.45 per dozen for whole, fresh fruit. These are choice offerings and buyers should take advantage of this sale. It will be held on Saturday, next, only. • Phillips & Lawley of Forest avenue will help you beautify your home. Wall paper is on sale for 50¢ a roll.

Author’s Notes

1 Base ball and foot ball had not yet evolved into single words. 2 Cantankerous groups in the Grove? Some things seem never to change. 3 Pacific Grove evidently charged a fee for installing or altering home plumbing. References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).

Grove may get base ball and foot ball fields!

Mr. A. P. Builene has been circulating a subscription paper for the purpose of raising funds for the preparation of grounds for athletic events. Builene now reports that he has in hand more than $100 in pledges. He also said that surveyors are eager to begin work. The complex is planned with a track, ¼ of a mile in length, a foot ball field, and a base ball diamond.1 These grounds are to be prepared at the west end of Laurel avenue. Builene said that it is important to have the entire site ready before the Young Men’s Christian Association holds its state convention here.

Trustees consider combining positions

The Pacific Grove Trustees are still seeking the means of cutting back on expenditures and saving money. At last night’s meeting, Trustee Berwick suggested that several “paid” positions be combined, to wit: the town marshal and street superintendent and the recorder and tax collector. After vigorous discussion, the matter was tabled with no decision being made. Berwick said that avoiding such decisions may be akin to placing Pacific Grove’s financial future at risk.

Compensation set

After a lengthy and spirited discussion at the Trustees’ meeting, it was decided that temporary workers helping with the November election will be compensated at the rate of $1 per day, plus a provided box lunch. Trustee Oyer demurred, stating that compensation should be computed by the hour seeing that various persons worked varied hours, some more and some less. Oyer was fine with the box lunches.

Park question unsettled

Mrs. J. Pell is leading a campaign to enlist support for the Caledonia Park project. She indicated that the Grove’s Trustees already had the funding in hand to prepare tennis courts, a croquet field, and children’s contraptions such as swings and a slide. Pell, herself the mother of three, said that the restraining order against proceeding with park improvements represented a shameful travesty. Pell also said that the combatant groups had allegedly reached an agreement to allow the installation of tennis courts until the Superior Court could rule on children’s equipment. She said that the pro-park people were taken by surprise when the “Calm for Caledonia” bunch sneaked around and obtained a second restraining order specifically forbidding work on the tennis courts. Pell also said that she had thought mankind was less cantankerous than in the past … but in the Grove, “one small group has seen fit to invoke the law for its own selfish purposes.” 2

Dog poisonings continue

One may not be partial toward dogs, but poisoning the animals seems a cruel and unnecessary deed. Even so, the Grove’s dog-killing culprit is again at work and has this time murdered several dogs in the south part of town. Be it known that this is not the way to get rid of troublesome canines because good dogs and valuable dogs are just as apt to eat the poison thrown out as are the mangy curs. If a dog is found to be a nuisance, complain to the owner. If that does not abate the nuisance, appeal to the authorities, but do not allow yourself to become a dog poisoner.

Shafroth for United States President

William J. Bryan has thrown the hat of Colorado Governor John Shafroth into the ring as a Democratic Presidential candidate. Bryan, while addressing a public meeting in Greeley, said to the crowd’s complete surprise: “I would rather see Governor Shafroth nominated for President than any other Democrat, mentioned previously or unmentioned.” After the meeting, Bryan explained to the press that he was only supporting Shafroth and was not down-playing any other prospective candidate. E. G. Bowman and family, who are visiting Colorado from the Peninsula, said they were impressed.

Salinas churchmen visit Grove, seek pointers

In order to get pointers for new alterations which are to take place on the United Presbyterian church in Salinas, a number of that community’s church congregation traveled by street train to visit the Pacific Grove Presbyterian church on Sunday. They had been told that the Grove’s Godly edifice was one of the most beautiful and functional to be found in the area.

Chautauqua Circle meets

The Chautauqua Circle of Pacific Grove met at the Museum building Monday evening, last. Among items on the agenda, the group listened to several esteemed members read papers that were enlightening in nature. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chautauqua Circle decided to accept the invitation extended by the Chautauqua Education Committee to join them in a picnic on the beach.

Snippets from the area

• J. H. Lown, 412 Willow street, will haul your garbage. Leave orders at the Review office or connect by telephone to Main 355. • A good-paying hardware business is now for sale at a reasonable price. For details, stop by 586 Lighthouse avenue. • The report to the Grove’s Trustees by Marshal Rich showed that during the second quarter $50 has been collected for business fees, $4 collected in dog fees, and $3 brought in as plumbing fees.3 Thus far this year, the marshal has turned over $105.19

Forest Hill United Methodist Church 551 Gibson Ave., Services 9 AM Sundays Rev. Richard Bowman, 831-372-7956 Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue, 831-372-1942 Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12th Street, 831-373-4441 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-394-5712 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church

146 8th Street, 831-655-4160

Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove PG Community Center, 515 Junipero Ave., 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove

915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. Congregation Beth Israel 5716 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel (831) 624-2015 Chabad of Monterey 2707 David Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 643-2770


July 6, 2012 • CEDAR STREET

Times• Page 5

Arts and Events

Up and Coming ‘Last Holiday’ presented in benefit screening

The American Institute of Wine & Food (A.I.W.F.) Monterey Bay Chapter will host a screening of the film “Last Holiday” at the Forest Theater, Carmel, Wednesday, July 11. The Forest Theater is located at the corner of Mountain View and Santa Rita, Carmel-by-the-Sea. The price of the movie includes beverages and a gourmet buffet dinner prepared by the A.I.W.F. board. Guests will be served at 7:00 p.m. with the movie following around sunset. Ventana Vineyards will provide the wine. Warm clothing is advised. The movie concerns a shy woman, played by Queen Latifah, who dreams of being a professional chef. After she is diagnosed with a terminal illness she decides to take a European vacation and live it up! The movie also stars LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton and Gerard Depardieu. Cost is $25.00 for A.I.W.F. members, $35.00 for non-members. $7.00 for children under 12. Non-members who join A.I.W.F. at the event will receive the member price. The public is invited to attend. Admission to the movie only is $7.00 Send checks to A.I.W.F. Monterey Bay Chapter, P.O. Box 1858, Monterey, CA 93942. Please RSVP by July 8, 2012 to Mary Chamberlin (831) 624-0830 or Dorothy Johnson (831) 655-

Sudanese-Americans seek support for human rights

Please join the Sudanese-American Society Monterey for a demonstration to protest the gross violations of human rights in the regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile in Sudan. The Sudan Government is waging a war against its own people.

Civilians are bombed and their farms and huts are being burned. Food shipments and emergency aid are being blocked to starve the people in these areas. Demonstration is Saturday July 7 from 12:00 to 3:00 at Window-on-the-Bay park.

Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated Luncheon

Artisana Gallery will host Feast of Lanterns Art Competition Opening night July 6 Friday, July 6, 2012 from 5:00-8:00pm Join us for an evening of Exploration, Entertainment, Enjoyment! 1st Friday P.G. Feast of Lanterns Art Competition Art Opening Get out of the house and see what’s happening in Pacific Grove! Stop by Artisana Gallery and Join the Royal Court in celebrating local artists during the Feast of Lanterns Art Competiton. Refreshements and entertainment will round out the evening. Art sales from the competition benefit the Feast of Lanterns. Show will be up through July 31. Artisana Gallery is at 309 Forest Ave. (across from City Hall) Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (831) 655-9775 Artisana Gallery is open Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday by appointment. For more information on 1st Friday P.G.-email firstfridaypg@gmail.com or Become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/1stFridayPacificGrove or call Cedar Street Times 324-4742 or Artisana Gallery 655-9775

RAGAMUFFIN MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY proudly presents

The monthly luncheon of the Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated club will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Rancho Canada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd. The featured guest speaker is MaryAnn Leffel, President of the Monterey County Business Council Board, who will discuss business and innovation in Monterey County. The public is always welcome. Social time is at 11:30, and luncheon starts at noon. $22 per member and $25 for non-members. RSVP before Mon. July 9. Call Pat at 375-3573 or Diane via email at dlcare@sbcglobal.net.

GILBERT and SULLIVAN'S

Bike museum to open in one month

PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR BOOK and LYRICS BY

SIR ARTHUR SEYMOUR SULLIVAN MUSIC BY

SIR WILLIAM SCHWENCK GILBERT

Neil Jameson, whose motorcycle museum at 305 Forest Ave. has been the subject of much speculation, will be volunteering at Laguna Seca during Moto GP and so advises that the museum will open for weekend visits on the weekend of Aug. 4 and 5. A grand opening is planned. On display will be a number of vintage motorcycles, in as-is condition, from his collection. There is no cost to visit the museum. Other vintage motorcycle owners will display their machines from time to time in future months and years. Jameson will present photos, films and videos of general interest to motorcyclists and a comfortable space will be offered for riders to swap lies, kick tires and tell people how fast they went in their younger years.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM SUNDAY, JULY 8 at 2:00PM PACIFIC GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

GENERAL SEATING:

$10 SENIORS AND CHILDREN (10 and UNDER): $5

- THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF PACIFIC GROVE RECREATION DEPARTMENT -


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Times • July 6, 2012

Arts and Events

Up and Coming Ragamuffins will produce ‘Fame Jr.’

Set during 1980-1984, the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School of the Performing Arts, “FAME, Jr.” is the bittersweet, but inspiring story of a diverse group of students, following them as they commit to a grueling four years of artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight the show deals with many of the issues that confront young people, still today, especially those who are striving to enter the demanding world of the performing arts. Rehearsal days include expert coaching in dance, voice, acting and other valuable musical theater techniques that will develop teens’ triple-threat skills. There will be lots of fun and hard work for the aspiring performer. Ages 13 through 18 years (coed) are encouraged to enroll. The session will take place Mon., July 16 through Sun., August 5, including the performance weekend. Sessions take place Monday through Friday, with the addition of weekend performances on August 4 and 5, and company rehearsal hours are 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Auditions will take place Friday, July 13 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., by appointment, at Chautauqua Hall. Rehearsals will take place at Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center. Staff includes Dianne Lyle – Director, Michael Blackburn - Music Director, And Staff. To register, Download registration forms at our website: www.difrancodance. com. Fee is $350 for three-week session. for more information contact Dianne Lyle at dianne164@ol.com. www.difrancodance.com For forms/info click links on: Ragamuffin Musical Theatre Camp. Sponsored by the Pacific Grove Recreation Department.

Free lecture, screening for high blood pressure

Free blood pressure checks and a talk about how to prevent or control high blood pressure are being offered during an event sponsored by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. One in three adults has high blood pressure ― and 20 percent don’t even know it. Richard Gray, MD, and Mike Barber, RN, of Community Hospital’s Tyler Heart Institute, will talk about lifestyle changes,

medications, and other measures that can help prevent hypertension and its lifethreatening complications. The event is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at Peninsula Wellness Center, 2920 2nd Avenue, Marina. Tours of the wellness center will also be offered. Registration is required by calling 1- (888) 45-CHOMP or (888) 452-4667.

Monterey Jazz Festival and Monterey Bay Aquarium

“Evenings by the Bay” Summer Concert Series returns

The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce the fifth year of the “Evenings by the Bay” concert series, produced in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Taking place Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Gallery from June 30 – Sept. 2, the 20-performance concert series features some of the Monterey Peninsula’s most talented professional musicians, as well as student musicians in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Programs. The “Evenings by the Bay” series provides a much-needed outlet for live music, and enhanced value and entertainment for Aquarium visitors, already an internationally renowned destination for all ages. The concerts are included with regular admission to the Aquarium. Since its inauguration in 2008, Evenings by the Bay has brought live music to the Monterey Bay Aquarium each summer, transforming an already exciting visit into something special for both visitors and performers. The 2012 concert series will feature saxophonists Paul Contos, Roger Eddy, Gary Meek, and Stu Reynolds; pianist Bill Spencer; bassists Pete Lips and Dan Robbins; vocalists Lauri Hofer, Julie Capili, and Scotty Wright; flutist Kenny Stahl; as well as the bands Along Came Betty, Aporia, Monterey Bay Jazz Orchestra; and Bayside Jazz from Monterey Peninsula College. In addition, hand-selected students from the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Programs will also perform. All concerts will take place on the first floor in the Marine Mammal Galleries section of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Evenings by the Bay schedule / All performances from 6:00-8:00 p.m. July 7: Stu Reynolds’ Latin Jazz Project July 8: Stu Renolds & Friends July 14: Along Came Betty July 15: Roger Eddy & Friends July 21: Pete Lips with Lauri Hofer July 22: MPC Combo: Bayside Jazz July 28: Gary Meek & Friends July 29: Kenny Stahl & Friends August 4: Two Bass Hit: Pete Lips, Dan Robbins & Friends August 5: Roger Eddy & Friends August 11: A Tribute to the Brecker Brothers August 12: Aporia featuring Julie Capili & Scotty Wright August 18: Along Came Betty August 19: Paul Contos & Friends August 25: Kenny Stahl & Friends August 26: Bill Spencer & Friends September 1: Monterey Jazz Festival Students September 2: Monterey Bay Jazz Orchestra About the Monterey Jazz Festival The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Jazz choral concert was a treat for the audience By Michael Sizemore There were a good number of reasons to attend the June 29 Urban Renewal Summer Concert in the Steinbeck Forum at the Monterey Conference Center. First, it’s a good and noble thing to support local talent. Also, the concert was a benefit for the non-profit Express Yourself, Inc., which exists to help underprivileged youth and senior citizens fund music instruction. However, the performers in this concert gave the audience more than could have been expected. The audience’s mood was obviously bright as Sean Boulware stepped up to conduct the 22-voice jazz ensemble. The audience’s enthusiasm grew as the choir performed jazz numbers and talented soloists offered a variety of songs. A highlight of the evening was a solo rendition of “Cruella DeVil” by eight-year-old Jayne Eldridge, a student of the Dennis Murphy School of Music. Other solos were by Richard Bryant, Diane Ehlers, Janice Perl, Sean Boulware, Linda Hylle, Dennis Murphy, and Miranda Perl. The Dennis Murphy School of Music Combo accompanied the choir and soloists and performed an instrumental, “A Train,” with Gary Meeks featured on the saxophone. Janice Perl and Richard Bryant, backed by the entire ensemble, performed the finale, “Smack Dab in the Middle.”


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Arts and Events

Up and Coming PacRep announces Tony Award Winning Play ‘God of Carnage’

Pacific Repertory Theatre continues its 2012 repertory season, sponsored by The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, with the Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy, Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play, God of Carnage, a comedy of manners about people that don’t have any, June 1 – July 14, at PacRep’s intimate Circle Theatre in Carmel. Under the direction of PacRep’s Artistic Director, Kenneth Kelleher, God of Carnage written by Yasmina Reza (playwright of the Tony Award winning comedy, Art), revolves around two highly strung couples played by PacRep resident artists Julie Hughett and Tim Hart and guest Equity artists Rebecca Dines and Cassidy Brown, that meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their young sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among “humans” turned “savages”, called “90 minutes of sustained mayhem” by The New Yorker. The New York Times hailed God of Carnage as a “four-way prize fight” and the Chicago Tribune praised Reza’s play, calling it a “savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy.” Director Kenneth Kelleher has taken the reins of numerous PacRep premieres including A Number, Eurydice and The Blue Room, and will also be directing Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing and Three Tall Women for the 2012 season. Julie Hughett recently appeared in Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and has been a leading actress with PacRep in numerous productions since 1987. Tim Hart has performed in scores of PacRep productions from Richard III to his most recent role as the elementary school spelling champion in Spelling Bee. Equity member Cassidy Brown returns to the PacRep stage having appeared in Doubt, Comedy of Errors and as the uppity servant “Malevolio” in 12th Night. Equity actress Rebecca Dines has appeared at regional theaters throughout the United States including Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. God of Carnage performances continue with additional weekday perfor-

mances on Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees on July 7 and 14 at 2:00 p.m. Performances are at the Circle Theatre of the Golden Bough Playhouse, located on Casanova Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Ticket Information

2012 Season FlexPasses are now available for up to 10 Pacific Repertory Theatre productions at $28 per subscription, a 40 percent savings over single ticket prices ($146 for subscribers 65 years of age and older and $87 for student/teacher/ military). A variety of subscription plans are now available allowing the choice of three to ten plays, priced at $103 - $228 for a savings of up to 40 percent ($76 $146 for seniors and $55 - $87 for student/ teacher/ military). Single tickets for all shows are on sale now. General admission single ticket prices range from $16 to $38 with discounts available for seniors over 65, students, children, teachers, and active military. The Pacific Repertory Theatre Box Office is located at the Golden Bough Playhouse on Monte Verde Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Business hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., telephone (831) 622-0100 or visit www.pacrep.org for more information. PacRep is supported by ticket sales, individual donations, special events, and grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The Berkshire Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The Chapman Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust and the Harden Foundation, among many others.

PacRep Theatre 2012 PERFORMANCE CALENDAR God of Carnage

SAT WED THU SAT

July 7 July 11 July 12 July 14

2:00pm (mat) 7:30pm 7:30pm 2:00pm (m/close)

Writing workshop offered

“Book Publishing 1-2-3: From the Writer’s Fingers to the Reader’s Hands” Sprinkled with stories and tips (e.g., finding literary agents), this lively program will empower and inspire writers of all levels. Join us as we take a quick look at today’s book biz, checking out traditional, electronic, and selfpublishing. Then we’ll briefly review the genres of memoir and children’s literature, and share some practical ideas to help writers get published and sell their work. Presenter: Laurie Gibson, the editor/proofreader who’s served more than 100 first-time authors. In addition, her work for publishers includes “The Color Purple” (2003 edition) and the writing of musician Jimmy Buffett and President Herbert Hoover. Laurie has also taught for both UCSD and UCLA Extension programs. Monday, July 16, 6–7 p.m. at The Works Coffeehouse/Bookstore (667 Lighthouse Ave., PG). Cost: $10. No pre-registration needed. Questions? E-mail wordworker1@earthlink.net or call (858) 635-1233

Gentrain lecture The Coming of the Holocaust

Dr. Peter Kenez retired last year after more than 45 years of teaching at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His lecture will draw from a book he has recently completed of the same name, a comparative study of how different Nazi-occupied countries came to possess the prerequisites for the mass murder of the Jews. He will also build upon material from a course he has co-taught for the past 25 years with Neufeld-Levin Co-Chair Murray Baumgarten, a professor of English and comparative literature. He states, “ I want to talk about how it was possible for the Nazis to carry out their policies. I want to talk about the preconditions: 1. Modern, as opposed to traditional anti-Semitism. What made Jewish success possible. 2. The establishment of a totalitarian state. 3. The war. How different countries varied in carrying out mass murder.” Dr. Kenez has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 1966. He remains active as an emeritus professor, planning to teach several courses on Russian, Eastern-European, and 20th-century European history. His primary expertise is Soviet history. He received his doctorate from Harvard before coming to UCSC as the founding faculty member of Stevenson College. He has written nine books, which include A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End and the autobiographical Varieties of Fear: Growing Up Jewish Under Nazism and Communism. His next book project is titled The Gloomy Years of Communism: Hungary, 1948-1953. Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Form 103 980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940-4799 Lectures are free. July 18, 2012 Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 831-646-4224 www.gentrain.org http://gentrain.org/lect.html


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With a Bible in One Hand, He’ll Be Walking Toward the Light If you’ve known Joseph for any time at all, you’ve probably seen him with his tattered Bible open to a favorite passage. You might have seen him along a street in Monterey, playing his harmonica and looking like he just stepped away from panning gold in the Old West. He’s short and a little ragged looking, with a black hat, leather jacket, a grizzled beard and an easy smile. Joseph is a street musician, a minister and one of the homeless. He looks much older than his 57 years—-probably from all the alcohol and cigarettes. On this sunny, Sunday morning he joins a large group of people just like himself, waiting at Window on the Bay for the weekly prayer circle and breakfast for the homeless, led by another local minister, Brian Bajari. Many here look like they’ve lived hard lives and are tired of moving on from place to place. It’s a stark contrast to the wealth and beauty surrounding them—-the snow white sailboats bobbing in the bluest of waters, the warm sandy beaches and the bustling wharfs. “I’ve been homeless since my wife, Cathy, died 28 years ago,” Joseph said, still a sadness to his eyes. She died of cancer in New Mexico, a week before her 30th birthday and eight years after marrying Joseph. With her passing went Joseph’s happiness. “I loved her so much,” he mumbled, adding that without Cathy, his life just fell apart. Soon Joseph was medicating himself with heroin and other drugs. Over the years, he moved from Florida to Texas to

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Homeless on the Peninsula Montana, finally landing here a year ago. “I like this town,” he said, smiling through his beard, and glancing down at his Bible. Sunday is a favorite day for Joseph, as he joins others in prayer under the morning sun. Putting his Bible aside for a moment, Joseph carefully opened a piece of cloth in which six small harmonicas were neatly lined up, awaiting the next street performance. “Someone just came up and gave them to me,” he said, gently running his hand over them. Joseph had another harmonica before these, but it was stolen when he left his bag outside a Walgreen’s store. In his younger days, Joseph also played the trumpet and clarinet, and had more than a few jobs— from electrician, roofer and concrete worker to fisherman, carpenter and tugboat crew member. “You name it, and I can do it,’he said. But Joseph doesn’t really do it anymore. He never quite came back to society after losing his wife. “Yeah, I still miss her,” he said. “I was praying for her last night. I pray for her every night.” Joseph believes he would still be in the tree service business and still have a home if his wife had lived. “Now my arthritis is so bad nobody would hire me,” he said, blaming the pain on a gunshot wound from Vietnam, when he was an Army tun-

nel rat with the 101st Airborne Special Forces. He says he had the dangerous job of crawling through tunnels holding grenades in his mouth and looking for booby traps that might kill American soldiers. The vet was shot when his platoon was ambushed. “I was the only one to come back,” he said, looking down. “I was the lucky one. It took me three days to crawl back, because I could only crawl at night. And I was in a lot of pain.” His reward for seven months of service was a dishonorable discharge. Joseph was lying in an army hospital when a First Lieutenant walked up and gave him a hard time for surviving the ambush. Unable to listen to another word, Joseph raised his fist. “I knocked him out,” he said, eyes staring off as if he was back there watching that scene again. “Everyone in the hospital ward was cheering me.” Joseph recalled another time he almost lost his life due to hypothermia, when he fell into the water during a boating incident and was barely pulled out in time. “I saw a white light, and I was already heading toward it when they grabbed me,” he said. Joseph expects to find that light again someday. For now though, he keeps playing his harmonica and reading his Bible. “Home is wherever I put my head down--a park, the beach, wherever,” he said,

Monterey Regional Parks offer three new classes this week

A class in stand-up paddle boarding, the opportunity to learn all about batiking and a five-day multi-adventure camp for children ages 9 through 12 are among the upcoming offerings of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District’s (mprpd.org). Details follow. To learn about all activities of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, see its Let’s Go Outdoors! guide or go to mprpd.org. •

WhasSUP! Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Kowabunga! Work out and have a blast at the same time! Throw in the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay and you have yourself “Stand-Up Paddle Boarding.” Tips, techniques and all gear included. Just bring a willing attitude and enthusiasm for an amazing time on the water. Instructor: Monterey Bay Kayaks. Ages: 13-adult, Sunday, July 8, 10 AM-12 noon, Monterey Bay Kayaks, Del Monte Ave, Monterey, $35 (district resident), $39 (non-district resident).

Batik Mystic

Batik is an art form inspired by nature and practiced since ancient times. Using the natural world to rouse your creative spirit, you will drip and swirl wax on fabric to create intricate patterns and symbolic motifs. A talented local artist will guide you as you brilliantly dye each piece. Instructor: Debbie Baldridge. Ages 7-adult, children 10 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult, Sunday, July 8, 10 AM-12:30 PM, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), Elkhorn Road, $20 (district resident), $22 (non-district resident), plus $10 materials fee. •

Eco-Venturers (5-day camp)

Experience a rainbow of adventures! Hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and an overnight campout are some of the highlights of this multi-adventure camp. Campers will come away with new skills, a greater sense of appreciation for the outdoors and encouragement to develop their

own connection with the environment. Instructors: MPRPD Staff. Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 9 AM-4 PM (each day), including overnight July 12-13, base camp Marina Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, $250 (district resident), $275 (non-district resident). • To register online, go to mprpd.org and register with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Walk-in registrations are accepted Tuesday-Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the MPRPD office, 60 Garden Court, Suite 325, Monterey (checks, money orders and credit cards accepted). Pre-registration is strongly recommended. There will be an additional charge of $5 to register on the day of class (space permitting). On-site registration will begin 20 minutes prior to the start of class. All check-in and registration closes 5 minutes before the class begins. For more information, please call Joseph at 372-3196, ext. 102, or send an e-mail to narvaez@mprpd.org.

stroking his beard and glancing at a small bracelet of crosses around his wrist. Joseph’s been a minister since the early ‘80s. “I was sitting in my jail cell for third degree robbery,” he said. “While I was there, I took ministry school. The preacher came in every week to teach us. After three years in jail, I was released and started doing street ministry.” “I read the Bible every morning and every night,” he added. Joseph believes he can heal people, although he hasn’t been able to heal himself. After 47 years of using the “most addictive drug” of all – tobacco -- his health is failing. “I started smoking at the age of 10,” he said, putting away his harmonicas with weathered hands. Living on the street this way doesn’t worry Joseph, because he knows when his time comes the arthritis will be gone and his lungs will be clear. And with a Bible in one hand, he’ll be walking toward that light—-and back to the only woman he’s ever loved, gone so many years ago. Erica Fiske is a Pacific Grove resident and former journalist. She tasted homelessness herself when, after being an in-home caregiver for years, her patient died and she found herself unable to secure another client. When her landlord raised her rent from $1,800 to $2,500, homelessness was a real spectre. With her background in journalism, Erica became interested in the stories of local homeless people and has written a series. Her stories will appear weekly for the foreseeable future, as there are many, many homeless out there.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop presents ‘Christmas in July’

American Cancer Society Pacific Grove Discovery Shop is presenting a new event, blending Christmas with Summer. While the weather is great, you can get a head start on your Christmas shopping. The shop will display Christmas items as well as summer stock -- Hawaiian shirts and more. The sale will be held Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 15, Noon – 4:30 p.m. ACS Discovery Shop in Pacific Grove is located at 198 Country Club Gate (next to Save-Mart) SHOP! DONATE! VOLUNTEER! Your generosity will help us take the next step in the fight against cancer by supporting research, advocacy, and service. Call the Discovery Shop at (831) 372-0866 for more information.


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Pacific Grove

Sports and Leisure Champs!

Ben Alexander

Golf Tips

Ben Alexander PGA PGA Teaching Professional, Pacific Grove Golf Links, Poppy Hills Golf Course PGA Teacher Of The Year, No Cal PGA 831-277-9001 www.benalexandergolf.com

I getting ready to do a short game golf academy with two people from the Bay Area. For a half day session I will teach my clients how to score better from 40 yards away which is the distance most of you will have trouble with. The basic formula to score better is to putt the ball when ever its possible as putting will keep the ball on the ground and you will have a better chance to get the ball up and down. If you cannot putt, chip it. Play the ball back in the stance, use a 7 iron and keep the ball low don't fly. The last choice is pitch it using your sand wedge and adjust your swing per the distance you’re trying to cover. I’m sure after tomorrow my clients will see how easy it really is to score better by using the correct shots.

Pacific Grove defeated a tough and tenacious Monterey team 15-12 to win the PONY Mustang “B” Sectionals (9-10 year olds) in a game played at George Washington Park in Pacific Grove on Monday night. With the score tied 11-11 after 4 innings, PG erupted for 4 runs in the top of the 5th inning and Sean Powell pitched the final 2 1/3 innings limiting Monterey to one run. Oki Hautau, Sean Powell, Leo Lauritzen, and Tommy Moran all contributed to the victory with doubles. The game ended with runners on first and second and the tying run at the plate when 3B JJ Courtney made a running catch of a pop up in foul ground and quickly threw to SS Nathan Wood covering second to double off the runner. Both teams upset higher seeded teams in the semi-finals Sunday with #4 Monterey upending #1 Toro Park and #3 PG overcoming an early 9-1 deficit to beat a strong Salinas Valley team 12-10. Pacific Grove advances to the PONY Mustang Regional Tournament in Castroville and plays in the first game, Monday, July 9th (530pm). The Mustang A Sectionals continue at Pacific Grove Municipal Stadium this week with the championship game on Thursday at 730pm. L-R JJ Courtney, Leo Lauritzen, Henry Woods, Nathan Wood, Nathan Taormina, Jordan Booker, Tommy Moran, Oki Hautau, Sean “Junior” Powell, Colton Bell, Justin Hein, Toby Larssen, Hayden Black. Coaches, back row L-R: Brian “Woodie” Wood, Brage Larssen, Craig Bell

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Letters

Opinion Pacific Grove heading into risky uncharted water

Nothing sporting about hunting bears with dogs

Editor:

Editor:

As a taxpayers in Pacific Grove we strongly object to the P G City Council taking any further action regarding any kind of agreement regarding the Moss Landing Commercial Park, LLC and developer, Nader Agha. The City Of Pacific Grove has no business partnering on development of a water desalination project approximately 24 miles north of the City, located in the County, and requiring right-of way and support facilities in at least two other cities, (Seaside and Marina) and costing a minimum of $130 million dollars. The City is not in the water business. The Moss Landing proposal is for a desalination plant. This is innovative technology which is not in general use in California and requires some of the most complex regulatory and permitting processes of any type of development. These processes would likely take years to complete. The City is considering being the “lead agency” for this project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) even though all the physical impacts will be within other jurisdictions. While this is allowed, it is beneficial only to the developer who needs some public agency to take on the awesome responsibility. It should not be little Pacific Grove. The City would be required to coordinate with all other agencies, including but not limited to, the County of Monterey, Seaside, Marina, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, California Public Utilities Commission, State Department of Fish and Game, State Lands Commission, State Coastal Commission and federal agencies. Most lawsuits are filed as to the sufficiency of the environmental documents. This means that lawsuits would be filed against Pacific Grove, if it becomes the “lead agency.” Legal proceedings could go on for years. While the Moss Landing LLC could declare bankruptcy, the City of Pacific Grove would be left “holding the bag”. Even if City staff costs are reimbursed, there are not enough hours in the day for PG staff to tackle this workload and still pay attention to all the other needs of the citizens right here in Pacific Grove. Other staff and consultants would have to be hired and managed. As the project is not engineered yet, the $130 million estimate includes only conceptual costs and many processing steps are not even included in this very sketchy budget. If projects in other jurisdictions are used as examples, costs will increase dramatically. We cannot predict what the interest rate on bonds will be by the time the City would be ready to issue them. As a tiny city and such a small user of the water, would there even be a market for bonds issued by Pacific Grove? Mr. Agha is looking for a buyer and a developer for his property and that should not be the taxpayers of Pacific Grove. What happens if this limited liability corporation runs out of money and declares bankruptcy, as we’ve seen happen in many other cities? Does Pacific Grove declare bankruptcy as well? We certainly hope we have the good sense not to go down this path. The current recession has taught most public agencies that this is a time to trim expenses and to avoid risky investments. There are rows of empty storefronts just steps from City Hall. Let’s concentrate on our own hometown and leave water politics to others.

There is something radically wrong when some people abandon whatever hunting ethics they might once have had, to use packs of bawling dogs to hunt American Black Bears, who are made of sterner stuff. Black bears will flee from dogs and usually climb a tree to escape them. If this were done for scientific purposes as some would have done, the bears would undergo blood tests, a tooth might be extracted to determine its age, and it would be radio collared, and allowed to recover from the tranquilizer and set free. The existing law allows hounds to chase and kill bobcats as well; a species that has a very benign impact on any ecosystem. Bobcats (like coyotes) consume many species of rodents, some of who carry the bubonic plague flea, which can transmit plague to people and felines as well; while canids are resistant. If any bear does any documented economic damage to bee hives, or a pet; then removing that problem bear from that vicinity is in order, if approved “scare tactics” are not effective. But wholesale killing of black bears by ignorant hunters, (many of whom don’t know a sow from a boar bear, because they make such a motionless target in a tree), is an abomination! As a wildlife veterinarian, and formerly multi-State and Federal licensed wildlife rehabilitator I and my veterinary colleagues definitely disapprove of such wasteful stupidity. I have seen hound packs too often veer off and chase non target species, and the laggard owners don’t seem to care about that unfortunately, as well as cub bears being shot out of trees, by so-called hunters. There is nothing sporting about hunting black bears and bobcats with hounds, in spite of the protestations of the dumb owners. SB 1221 deserves the support of all Californians who value the diversity of wildlife and intact ecosystems, for generations to come.

Betsy and Michael Weisman Pacific Grove

Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20121278 The following person is doing business as SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES, 1501 N. Broadway #200, Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, CA 94596. SUNLOGIC INC., 1501 N. Broadway #200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on June 26, 2012. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 4/9/12. Signed: Jeff Parr, President. This business is conducted by a corporation. Publication dates: 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27/12

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Homeless stories in paper touch him deeply Editor:

Last Sunday I attended an inspiring concert of Celtic music by Molly’s Revenge at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 146 12th St. in Pacific Grove. The minister, Father Michael, explained that the concert was a fundraiser for developing a documentary or other information regarding the plight of homeless women in the Monterey area. Apparently single women who are homeless here have a much harder time than men in finding shelters in churches etc., and they are in greater danger. The numbers of homeless women here are increasing. This brought to mind Cedar Street Times and the deep, powerful and thoughtprovoking articles on homeless people written by Erika Fiske. Father Michael had not seen the articles. I suggested that he contact Cedar Street Times and maybe interview Erika. This would be a great opportunity for both of them. And ultimately it could be a potential benefit to the tragic existence of the women and other homeless Erika writes about. These articles, more than anything else in Cedar Street Times, touch me deeply. I wish everyone in Monterey County could read them. Bruce Cowan Pacific Grove

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20121135 The following person is doing business as THE CENTRELLA INN, 612 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950. Amrish G. Patel, Trustee of the Patel Family Revocable Trust, dated the 28th Day of January, 2010, 9030 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923; Jignasa Patel, Trustee of the Patel Family Revocable Trust, dated the 28th Day of January, 2010, 9030 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on 06/28/2012. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 05/12/04. Signed: Amrish G. Patel. This business is conducted by a Trust. Publication dates: 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20/12

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Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California, has announced the recipients of its fall 2012 academic honors, Gold Cord and Honor Roll. To qualify for the Gold Cord honor, a student must have a GPA of 3.80 or above with no grade below a C+. To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student must have a GPA above 3.3 with no grades below C+. The 9th Grade Gold Cord students are: Madeline Bennett, Anna Burks, Laura Colosky, Makena Ehnisz, Madilyn Fisher, Leslie Gobel, Jennifer Hernandez, Cathy Hsu, Katherine Kamel, Brenda Melano, Giovanna Mitchell, Lauren Redfern, Susan Song, Eleanor Stork, Sharmaine Sun, Rio Turrini-Smith. The 9th Grade Honor Roll students are: Gabrielle Alias, Colleen Boensel, Julia Clark, Stella Crall, Cecily Donovan, Mackenzie Fisher, Onyx Gaston, Xiadani Juarez Diaz, Joon Kyung Koong, Jee Hee Lee, SiCheng Li, Wen-Lin Lin, Courtney Lindly, Lauren Mendoza, Anna Michel, Maya Pollack, Aliaje Prophet, Karen Reina, Maiya Shoemaker, Willow Wallace, Daphne Wilson. The 10th Grade Gold Cord students are: Andrea Arias, Ana Ines Borromeo, Hannah Clevenger, Rachel Davison, Amanda Etienne, Sonika Finch, Sara Franks, Kiley Gibbs, Claire Gregory, Katherine Hsu, Katelyn (Tandy) Johnson-Cryns, Charlotte Johnston-Carter, Julia Klimczuk, Karen Ko, Jocelyn LaChance, Rhianna LaChance, Allison Loomis, Tanya Madrigal, Kylie Moses, Lily Patterson, Ann-Kathrin Rauch, Chloe Reimann, Emma Russell, Nora Sakiz, Gabriella Sardina, Gabrielle Sigrist, Lauren Staples, Hsin-Yun Tu, Ting Zhu. The 10th Grade Honor Roll students are: Halley Albert, Katelyn Allen, Rachel Carter, Joyce Chan, Sedona Chavez, Hannah Chee, Hakela Felton, Francesca Flores, Leanna Florez, Ellen Gustavson, Lauren Haas, Kate Hartman, Sukari Hill, Elizabeth Hulme, Nia Jacobs, Katherine Koulouris, Chase LeeHong, Jia Tong Li, Minwei Li, Karli McIntyre, Blair Miller, Kaysha Nguyen, Kayla Sharp, Elizabeth Tardieu, JiaYi Wang, Sophia White, Caroline Wright, Devynn Wulstein. The 11th Grade Gold Cord students are: Abigail Austin, Tamar Babaian, Anna Benham, Catherine Bolt, Eun Kyung Boo, Rose Burnam, Stephanie Chen, Tseng-Jung Chen, Mary Cho, Marisa Christensen, Madeline Clark, Alora Daunt, Caitlin Dullanty, Kelsey Green, Katherine Griffin, Cynthia Hale-Phillips, Anne Haueter, Tierney Hightower, Kendra Hoffman, Valerie Hooper, Laila Joseph, Jee Yeon Kim, Michelle Lee, Sohee Lee, Szu-Yu Liu, Amanda Nansel-Giuliano, Paisley Piasecki, Amy Sublett, Jiwon Yi.

Another Monterey Bay Red Cross Volunteer Deployed to Montana to Aid in Wildfire Relief Efforts


The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter is sending a second local volunteer to Montana to join the relief operations. Leaving this week is local resident and Red Cross volunteer Michele Reiners, from Carmel Valley. Reiners will be volunteering as a client caseworker to help people affected by the wildfire in Montana and this will be her first disaster deployment. The American Red Cross has deployed 37 volunteers and employees from the region, which includes San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley, to Colorado, Florida and Montana. More than 1,400 Red Cross disaster workers continue to help people across the country affected by power outages, wildfires out west and flooding in Florida. Hundreds of people are still unable to go home as wildfires continue to burn in several western states. More than 60 people spent Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Nearly 650 people spent Wednesday night in 39 Red Cross shelters across 11 states and the District of Columbia. Shelters are open in West Virginia, Montana, Florida, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and around Washington, D.C. Since early June, the Red Cross has supported families across 16 states, operating shelters, serving more than 237,000 meals and snacks and distributing almost 140,000 relief items like rakes, shovels, coolers, work gloves, cleaning supplies and hygiene kits. “The Red Cross is helping people who have no power during this dangerous heat wave while continuing to feed and shelter people impacted by the wildfires out west and flooding in Florida.” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. “We urge people to stay safe and follow the direction of local officials during these emergencies.” How people can help Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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The 11th Grade Honor Roll students are: Mikayla Avalos-Feehan, Bridget Bartz, Sydni Bellucci, Sophia Delgado, Tamsen Forrest, Hannah Gordon, Meghan Henderson, Emily Hunter, Lily Kaplan, Alexis Kern, Gina Laverone, Shiyao Lu, Jessica Michalek, Whitney Perez, Paloma Picazo, Lucille Scattini, Georgia Sedlack, Perry Sheldon, Sarah Short, Jessica Wibisono. The 12th Grade Gold Cord students are: Megan Bomar, Hsin-i Chu, Jessica Davids, Chloe Dlott, Annika Fling, Katharine Garcia, Jessica Gardepie, Courtney Gillespie, Gabrielle Haselden, Francissca Kang, Anna Keller, Yoojin Kim, Sarah Morris, Alexandra Pingree, Sarah Ruhnke, Michaela Scanlon, Jenna Sitenga, Ji Soo Song, Vanessa Woodard, Ashley Worsham. The 12th Grade Honor Roll students are: Carla Berra, Emily Blake, Clare Bozzo, Emily Buswold, Chandler Chavez, Hayley Ditmore, Margaret-Jane Foletta, Claire Giffen, Jane Goodfellow, Kelsey Hand, Rebecca Hill, Gwen Humble, Casey Lewis, Jimena Madero, Genevieve Maher, Catherine Reiss McAniff, Glenna Pasinosky, I-Jou (Elaine) Sheu, Phoebe Udomsri, Ashley Watson, Savannah Wright.

About Santa Catalina School

Santa Catalina School is dedicated to the education of young people between the ages of 4-18, giving careful consideration to the individual abilities and potential of each child. The school’s mission is to balance intellectual growth with spiritual awareness, creativity with order, and individuality with compassion. Santa Catalina School is enriched by the diversity of socioeconomic, religious, geographic, and cultural backgrounds represented by students and faculty. The Upper School includes boarding students from 14 states and 9 countries. Local students come from not only the Central Coast, but also from cities as far away as Gilroy, King City, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Santa Clara. For more information visit www.santacatalina.org or call 831.655.9300.

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Different strokes for different folks. . .or even sisters

It must be a family trait. Her Editorness’s baby sister, Barbie, is on a life mission to find the easiest, quickest recipes possible, as is her older sister. This is a kid who, instead of taking a wardrobe when she went away to college, loaded up a case of Top Ramen and another case of canned vegetable soup, stuffed them in her Volkswagen, and that’s what she lived on all the way through her Ph.D. Now Darling Baby Sister has two college students of her own, another who turned 16 this week, and the youngest, on whom we have pinned all our hopes. Recently Barbie posted this recipe on Facebook because she was so proud of herself for getting through a recipe that her family would eat, and without dumping it all on the floor. Her Editroness, for her part, would gloat that she had made a recipe without burning herself, let alone setting the kitchen on fire. Personally, I think it’s a case of “stupid smart.” Pretend you can’t do something, so someone else will do it for you. The trouble that Her Editorness found with the recipe was that it had black-eyed peas in it. She eats one black-eyed pea each year, on New Year’s Day, the day when people from the South eat black-eyed peas for good luck. Other than that, black-eyed peas turn her wrong side out. And believe me, you don’t want to be on her wrong side. So she started adding and subtracting ingredients and would up with bean with bacon soup instead of black-eyed pea hash, but that’s how it goes around Ft. Jameson. But forget Bean with Bacon Soup -here’s Darling Baby Sister’s recipe, fresh off the Internet, for. . .

Sausage and BlackEyed Pea Hash

8 oz. diced turkey andouille sausage 2 stalks sliced celery 3 diced medium tomatoes 1 med. red bell pepper, cubed 1 med. yellow crookneck squash, cubed ¼ c. water 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 2 tsp. cider vinegar 2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 Tbs. Canola oil ground black pepper to taste Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium high heat. Add the sausage and saute four minutes or until lightly browned,

black beans and all the others that have been popping up on the shelf. Her Editorness votes for Navy beans. To make the recipe simpler, and instead of making up individual servings, I’d increase the eggs to six and add a quarter cup of milk or ginger ale in a separate bowl and pour the egg mixture over all the other ingredients once everything else is cooked (right after number 1 above). Cook on medium heat until the egg mixture is set. To me that seems a lot simpler for a busy person than cleaning the pan out in the middle of the process. You could serve it up like a piece of pie, and now it has little relation to Barbie’s hash, but what the heck. I always called it Surprise Pie anyway, not hash. I’m not going to tell the story of the sponge cake Barbie made for her daughter’s 16th birthday, the cake that sank in the middle so she had to fill it up with Franglico and chocolate frosting. That’s for another column, maybe.

Neil Jameson

The Retired Firehouse Cook

China to ban Shark Fin Soup at state banquets

Here’s the picture Barbie sent of her black-eyed peas hash. This was before serving it over orzo and before all the teenagers came home and ate it. stirring occasionally. Add the celery, tomatoes, bell pepper and squash and saute another three minutes. Stir frequently. Add the water and the seasonings and the peas. Simmer two minutes or until the peas are heated through. Remove the mixture from the pan and keep it warm. Wipe the pan with a paper towel. Return the pan to the heat and add the oil, coating the pan. Crack four eggs into the pan separately and cook until the eggs set. Serve out the hash and top each serving with one of the eggs. Top with pepper. Now comes the fun part – the variations. Barbie says she didn’t do the egg

thing, nor did she use the Dijon or the water. She served it over orzo. When my mom cooked hash, she’d make a well in the hash and break the egg into it and serve that up. I’ve been making a similar recipe to Barbie’s for years, using a great variety of different types of sausage and an equally great variety of peas and/or beans, most notably jalapeno flavored black-eyed peas. I tended to make it a bit more spicy for the firefighters than one would for women and children, but all these variations are optional anyway. To the recipe, I’d add a diced jalapeno or pasilla pepper. I’d try most any of the newly popular beans, such as the Cuban

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July 6, 2012 • CEDAR STREET

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One good turn leads to many more And the need for volunteers

By Erika Fiske It all started with a catering job in 2008. “I was their IT guy,” said Christian Mendelsohn. “Then someone across the hallway gave me an old computer, and I took it home.” And that was the seed that grew into Loaves, Fishes & Computers, Inc., a nonprofit computer business founded by Mendelsohn on Roberts Street, behind the Home Depot. The nonprofit provides low-cost refurbished computers to low-income residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. “I had absolutely no hardware experience,” Mendelsohn said. “But I fixed it up.” With the help of friends, and Google, he got the old computer to work and gave it to a nine-year-old boy whose family lived in a trailer and had no computer. Mendelsohn felt so good about what he’d done that he decided to make a change in his life. “I thought, ‘This is what I want to do, fix computers,’ ” he said. “I put ads on Craigslist looking for people with computer equipment they didn’t want. And I put flyers everywhere I could. I started acquiring computer equipment.” And so began a hectic schedule that continues today. Young, handsome and quick to smile, Mendelsohn charms his volunteers and customers despite having to do three things at once and be two places at the same time. Seated behind a busy desk by the window, and overseeing rows of laptops, towers, computer screens and printers, he’s always busy with something—usually typing or talking on the phone. Often there are one or two people fixing computers in the room. And Mendelsohn never knows when a client might walk up those stairs and want to talk. In the beginning, while putting together this business, Mendelsohn kept his job at a Pacific Grove catering company. “With the excess income, I rented the glass room below this office for $390 a month,” he said. “I would come in on weekends and refurbish computers,” he said. Word got around, and people began asking to help. His first volunteer, Dan, is still with him today. And Mendelsohn continues to need new volunteers, with only eight regulars working at the moment. There have been about 50 volunteers since the start of the business. Mendelsohn’s biggest volunteer needs are for a QuickBooks bookkeeper, client support, an operations manager, computer refurbishers, sales, equipment acquisition and someone to set up computers in homes and pick up donations. In January of 2010, Mendelsohn quit his fulltime job at the catering business to work full time refurbishing computers. “It was a very scary time, and I was on a shoestring budget,” he said. For the next two years, he made just enough to pay rent and put food on the table and gas in his car. His income went from $50,000 a year to $22,000. But the difficulties didn’t stop there. Setting up a nonprofit wasn’t easy, and keeping it going is still a major undertaking. “In California, it’s easy to set up a nonprofit, but that doesn’t give you tax exemption, because you have to apply to the IRS for a 501C3. That took two years,” he said, noting that he turned in a three-inch thick document to apply for the exemption. It takes three months to get approval. “The most difficult part right now is trying to stay organized with the demand for services, and having the ability to say ‘No,’ “ he said. Mendelsohn said he’s stretched too thin and needs more volun-

Christian Mendelsohn, right, shows a customer some of the many refurbished computers he has available at very reasonable prices.

Community could help non-profit Loaves, Fishes & Computers win a minivan July 27 By Erika Fiske There’s a sparkle in Christian Mendelsohn’s eyes when he passes out the colorful cards entitled, “Please Vote for Us.” That’s because he and his volunteers work hard to help low income families, qualifying students and other nonprofits obtain low cost, refurbished computers. Now the community has a chance to repay his good deeds. Loaves, Fishes & Computers, founded by Mendelsohn, is among 500 finalists in Toyota’s “100 Cars for Good” program for nonprofits across America. There were 5,000 competing at the start. Now the local nonprofit is up against only four others nationwide, giving it a one in five chance of winning a new Toyota Sienna minivan. On July 27th, you and your friends have 24 hours to vote for Loaves, Fishes & Computers via your Facebook account. The contest started in May and only two local nonprofits made it to the finals. The other is the YWCA of Salinas, Mendelsohn said, but the two aren’t competing against one another. The minivan is needed to transport equipment and volunteers. You can make sure you don’t forget by following a few easy instructions: To access the Toyota “100 Cars for Good” program, you must log into your Facebook account. 1) In any web browser, go to http://www.100carsforgood.com. In the top, right corner of the window, type LOAVES in the search field and click the search icon, or hit the RETURN or ENTER key on your keyboard. 2) Click once on the title for LOAVES, FISHES & COMPUTERS, INC. 3) Click once on the REMIND ME button. 4) Click once on the CONFIRM button in the pop-up window. 5) Click CLOSE in the top right corner of the window to hide the pop-up window and return to the 100 Cars page on Facebook. 6) On July 27, the assigned voting day, you will receive a reminder on your Facebook page to return to the 100 Cars for Good campaign page to VOTE for Loaves, Fishes & Computers. YOU CAN ONLY VOTE ONCE ON JULY 27TH ONLY, BETWEEN 7 AM AND 8:59:59 PM PACIFIC TIME.

teers to help clients and answer phones and some 60 emails a day. The computer company is located at 348 Roberts Avenue and has distributed over 550 computers to the community since its founding. It also has a refurbishing facility in Marina, near the airport. “We’re teaching 15 classes this summer on how to refurbish computers,” he added. “There are a lot of aspects to this business. Everyone is a client.” Those aspects include selling the

idea of this nonprofit to the community, acquiring equipment by calling businesses and schools to donate, refurbishing the computers, selling computers to nonprofits and on a sliding scale to individuals, repairing computers on a sliding scale basis, managing volunteers and recruiting volunteers, he said. “But the most difficult part is trying to manage everything without the financial resources—trying to find the resources to do everything right,” he said. “That

stresses me out.” Soon Mendelsohn will begin offering free tech help on the Loaves, Fishes and Computers face page as well. With so much going on, he has to say “NO” sometimes, he said. “We’re so busy we can’t afford to give all our clients all the time they want, or all the time we want to give them. We’re too stretched.” And because of the people served by Loaves, Fishes & Computers, Mendelsohn could probably use a counselor or two on his volunteer staff. “A lot of our clients have a fair amount of time on their hands, and they’re going through a tough time in their lives. So when they come up here, they want someone to talk to.” Mendelsohn and others they try to listen and give as much time as possible to each client. And sometimes they offer suggestions. Mendelsohn has had to learn about all the nonprofits in the area and what they offer—so he can direct people in need to the right agency. “For instance, a lot of clients don’t know how to use computers and are low income. There are organizations that teach free computer classes,” he said. They can get a refurbished computer with Microsoft Office from his business for $99, including tax, and save $300. Laptops run $119, and a three-month warranty comes with the computers. “We have plenty of older computers coming in, but we need newer ones to stay current, and they need to be reliable. We also need flat screen monitors,” he said. Pentium 4 or newer are accepted, and donations are tax deductible. “Understand they’re not the fastest computers in the world, but they’re perfectly capable of doing things people need a computer to do,” he said. Also, with reduced hours at so many libraries, and limited computer time, “kids pretty much need a computer these days.”

Military Spouse Business Assoc. is formed for mutual aid The Military Spouse Business Association (MSBA) offers tools and resources that encourage the Military Spouse entrepreneur to successfully operate a business through the military lifestyle. MSBA helps to promote your business in your community and online, helping you maintain meaningful self-employment as you follow your Service member’s career. Membership is free for active-duty, reserve, retired and veteran military spouses. The Red, White and Blue Pages, an online business directory to advertise your business; Community support and peer-to-peer mentoring through a Facebook Page are also offered. One-on-one business counseling through a Small Business Incubator Program, legal and tax advisors available to quickly answer your general business questions are further benefits. CONUS and OCONUS tips and lists are available to guide you in moving your business. There will be networking events in your local community and a list of available seminars and classes to help you grow your business. You can learn more about MSBA online at milspousebiz.org, on Facebook “military spouse business association” or Twitter @milspousebizinc. Contact Susan Breen, breenms08@gmail.com or by phone at 717-578-7053 for more information.


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Times • July 6, 2012

Maybe it was a bit windy, but the sun shone on Pacific Grove’s annual 4th of July event at Caledonia Park. The Rotary Club hosted a reading of the Declaration of Independence, veterans of many conflicts were honored, the Royal Court of the Feast of Lanterns was presented, and Moonalice got everyone out on the dance floor. Chicken quarters, salad, beans and garlic bread made up the menu, or there was sausage on a roll. There were birthday cakes, too, and soda and water.

4th of July


July 6, 2012 • CEDAR STREET

Times • Page 15

Volunteers make it happen

They decorated, they barbecued, they cleaned up. Dozens oif volunteers helped the Chamber of Commerce and the City Recreation Department present the annual Fourth of July event at Caledonia Park. We just had to include a picture of a future volunteer, too, who did his part by taking a nap. Photos by Bob Pacelli and Marge Ann Jameson.


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The Green Page Ft. Ord tour reveals base cleanup plans By Michael Sizemore

On June 23 I gathered with my family and a large group of others at building 4522 on the former Fort Ord, loaded with them into two large buses, and took a ride around the installation to receive a report on the U.S. Army’s efforts to make the area safe for civilian use. Melissa Broadston, our guide, explained that the former military base consists of 28,000 acres, and that the main use of the fort was for training, which involved firing weapons and exploding ordinance. From 1917 until 1994 it was an active military installation. Ninety percent of the fieldwork in the cleanup process has been accomplished, she said, which leaves an enormous amount of paperwork yet to be finished. She explained that plans are to be largely completed with the build out of the area in eight to 10 years. She also explained that she has been using that same figure for quite a few years, causing

Water tanks that hold water to help out the fires that are set to clean up unexploded ordnance. Helicopters suck water out of them to spray on fires. Photos by Lorrie Sizemore. cleared up for me was that I learned that the army is doing a “surface” cleanup. Some of the ordinance is buried deep underground, she explained, which would make it incredibly expensive to reach. Ordinance that deep is not thought to be dangerous. It was fairly easy, she noted, to tell areas which had recently been burned and are growing back, or areas with extremely think maritime chaparral that have not yet been cleared. She noted that burning helps

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Keep Fort Ord Wild will present in Carmel Valley

When: Wednesday, July 18 – 6:30 PM Where: Hidden Valley Music Seminars 88 West Carmel Valley Road Sustainable Carmel Valley is hosting Chris Mack, spokesperson for Keep Fort Ord Wild (KFOW) for an informative presentation and discussion on preserving this unique resource in the heart of Monterey Bay. Keep Fort Ord Wild is a community coalition dedicated to the preservation of trails, recreation, wildlife and habitat on Fort Ord. KFOW supports sensible, economically viable, redevelopment of the extensive blight within the urban footprint of the former base. They support conservation of existing undeveloped open space for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Residents from all areas of Monterey County can become active supporters and allies of the movement around this important cause. What happens on Fort Ord will affect the quality of daily life of all who live, work, and play around Monterey Bay. This presentation will take place on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 pm at Hidden Valley Music Seminars. For more information call 831-6249467.

July 6th, 2012 Issue  

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